Posted 02 December 2005 - 01:44 PM
Windows certification of any kind means that Microsoft has certified that software to work with Windows.
If it's not certified, there's no surety that standard troubleshooting will work (this happened to me with some custom video drivers), because the troubleshooting is based on troubleshooting a Windows system.
This doesn't mean that the software won't work (and it may even work better in some cases) - but what it does mean is that:
1) Standard troubleshooting may not fix it
2) Microsoft won't help you with this - they'll refuse any support (I've gotten a lot of free support from them under the condition that I revert to their certified software)
3) You're at the mercy of the software writer for fixes to the software itself.
There isn't necessarily a problem with the software - but how will you know that? If it doesn't work, and the standard troubleshooting doesn't work - what does that leave you with?
FWIW - that's why I've got 2 systems. One for everyday work and the other surfing the web and testing stuff on. I can't afford to lose the time it takes to get a system back up and running because of some poorly written piece of software.
Also, I'd follow Rimmer's advice. I've PM'd with him a couple of times, have read many of his posts, and he knows what he's talking about.
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